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A Day at the Races

Drag Racing It was loud. It was smelly. It was fun!

I spent a weekend at the Northern Thunder Dragway. The drag races are an annual event in my community and part of the "Show Me the Money Tour 2001".

Drivers from across North America bring their dragsters, funny cars, vintage automobiles, motorcycles, and even snowmachines to race in this weekend long event and there's fun for the whole family.

A drag race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a distance of an eight-mile or one-quarter of a mile. A drag racing event is a series of tournament-style eliminations. The losing driver in each race is eliminated and the winners progress until one driver remains.

While the races themselves are exciting, and loud the whole atmosphere of the event makes it fun for the whole family and it isn't just for the boys. Many women drive in drag racing. As well, there are Junior Dragster races which see very young drivers challenging each other at the line.

This particular event offered an "open pit" that allowed the public to walk around and get up close and personal with the vehicles and the drivers.

You have the opportunity to see and touch some pretty amazing vehicles and talk to the drivers about them.

An added attraction to the event was the Tropical Heat Jet Truck demonstration. A jet powered truck that roars down the strip with flames shooting out the back and a sonic boom that will have you covering your ears and screaming for more!

If you've never been to a drag race, or any other type of auto race, I encourage you to give it a try. It truly is something everyone, of all ages and genders, can enjoy.

Check out the photos in the Drag Race Virtual Tour to learn more about this event and see some pretty amazing vehicles.

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